Serving the blind and low vision population of South Central Kentucky
SOUTH CENTRAL KENTUCKY COUNCIL OF THE BLIND
For purposes of this document, the term "blind" shall refer to all persons who are
legally blind or visually impaired.
ARTICLE I - NAME:
The name of this organization is the South Central Kentucky Council of
ARTICLE II - PURPOSE:
The purpose of this organization shall be:
A. To work for a better public understanding of the multiplicity of capabilities and
aspirations of people who are blind;
B. To work for better quality education for all blind Kentuckians;
C. To support broad employment opportunities for persons
who are blind, and to actively address issues related to the
unemployment and underemployment of blind people;
D. To represent persons who are blind on legislative,
administrative and regulatory issues affecting their
E. To act as an advocate for the rights of blind people;
F. To provide programs and activities designed to increase
socialization between persons who are blind, their sighted
peers and family members;
G. To work for the expansion and improvement of
rehabilitation programs for people who are blind;
H. To distribute information on resources and opportunities
available to blind people;
ARTICLE III - AFFILIATION:
The South Central Kentucky Council of the Blind is a chapter of the Kentucky Council of
the Blind which, in turn, is a state affiliate of the American Council of the Blind.
ARTICLE IV - MEMBERSHIP:
A. The membership of the South Central Kentucky Council
of the Blind shall be of two (2) types, Regular Members
and Honorary Members:
1. Regular Member: Anyone who is at least 16 years of
age may become a Regular Member of the South
Central Kentucky Council of the Blind. Regular
Members are required to pay annual membership
dues of an amount and at such time as determined by
a recommendation from the Executive Board of the
Chapter and ratified by a two-thirds supporting vote
of the membership present and voting, providing a
quorum has been established. Regular Members may
participate in all activities of the organization, and
shall have the right to vote and to hold office.
2. Honorary Members: The Executive Board of the
Chapter may establish, as it deems appropriate,
Honorary Memberships. Honorary Members may
participate in all activities of the organization and
may pay dues as established by a recommendation
from the Executive Board of the Chapter and ratified
by a two-thirds supporting vote of the membership
present and voting, providing there is a quorum.
Honorary members shall not have the right to vote or
3. Blind individuals shall at all times constitute a
majority of the voting membership of the South
Central Kentucky Council of the Blind.
4. Expulsion of any member may be affected by a two-
thirds majority of the voting members present,
providing a quorum is established. Voting will be
conducted by secret ballot after a proper hearing,
first before the Executive Board of the Chapter and
then before a quorum of the voting membership.
ARTICLE V - OFFICES AND THE EXECUTIVE BOARD
A. The offices of the South Central Kentucky Council of the
Blind shall be:
2. Vice President
B. The President and Vice President must be legally blind or
C. Terms of office shall be for two years. No person may
hold the same office for more than two (2) full
consecutive terms, except for the offices of secretary and
treasurer. All officers must be members in good standing
of the organization throughout their terms of office.
D. Should a vacancy occur in any officer position, except for
the office of President or Vice President, the Executive
Board may elect an individual to serve in the position for
The remainder of that officer's term. If a vacancy occurs
in the office of President, the Vice President shall serve as
the President for the remaining term and until the next
regular election of officers. The vacated position of Vice
President shall be filled by a special election at the next
regular meeting of the membership. Such an election
shall be conducted as provided for else where in this
E. The Executive Board of the Chapter shall be made up of
the chapter's officers: the President, Vice President,
Secretary, and Treasurer.
F. The Executive Board is the governing body of this
organization between regular meetings of the Chapter. The
Executive Board may adopt resolutions and take action on
behalf of the organization. The Board may take no action
that is contrary to the decided policy of the Chapter's
Regular membership. A report of all actions taken by the
Board must be recorded in writing and read at the next
regular meeting of the membership.
G. No member of the Executive Board shall receive
compensation for services to the South Central Kentucky
Council of the Blind or the Kentucky Council of the
Blind. Board members may be reimbursed for expenses
incurred in the exercise of the duties of their offices.
ARTICLE VI - REGULAR, SPECIAL MEETINGS AND QUORUMS
A. Regular meetings shall be held at a time and place
designated by the chapter's President. Regular
meetings shall be no more frequent than once per
month, but at least once per quarter or every three
B. Special meetings shall be call from time to time as deemed
necessary by either the chapter's President, the
Executive Board, or a majority of the voting members.
C. Notice of all regular and special meetings shall be
communicated to the membership not less than five (5)
days prior to the meeting. Communications may be
accomplished either by or any combination of: telephone,
postal mail, or e-mail. It shall be the Secretary's
responsibility to notify the chapter's members of such
1. One-third of the total voting membership shall
constitute a quorum for the conduct of business at a
regular or special meeting of the chapter.
2. A majority of the Executive Board shall constitute a
quorum for the conduct of business at a meeting of
ARTICLE VII - ELECTIONS:
A. Elections of the Chapter's officers shall be held annually,
or as needed, on or about the anniversary date of the
Chapter's inception, September 4.
B. All elections are open for nomination of candidates from
the floor. Candidates must either be present at the time of
the election, or must otherwise indicate their willingness
to serve in the office to which they are being nominated.
C. Election for any office for which two or more candidates
are nominated must be conducted by secret ballot.
ARTICLE VIII - PROCEDURES:
A. All matters of business shall be conducted according to
the most recent revision of Robert's Rules of Order,
except here otherwise provided for in this Constitution or
unless suspension of which is accepted by a majority vote
of the members attending the meeting.
ARTICLE IX: COMMITTEES:
The President or the Executive
Board may create committees as deemed necessary to
accomplish the tasks of the Chapter.
ARTICLE X: AMENDMENTS:
This Constitution may
be amended by a two-thirds majority vote
of the Regular Members present,
providing a quorum is established, and
at any two consecutive regular meetings
of the Chapter's membership, provided
that both the original and amending
language, together with the name of the
submitter and the recommendation of the
Executive Board has been published to
the membership in writing not less than
five (5) days prior to the initial
meeting in which such changes are to be
considered, and further provided that
both the original and amending language
is read in its entirety on the floor of
each of the Regular meetings at the time
of its consideration.
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